THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
SILVER STAR MEDAL
TECHNICAL SERGEANT DOUGLAS J. MATTHEWS
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Pararescue Specialist in an HH-3E Rescue Helicopter of Detachment 1, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action in Southeast Asia, on 17 September 1968. On that date, while under heavy ground fire, Airman King voluntarily descended on the rescue hoist to recover a seriously injured Air Force pilot. While he was on the ground his aircraft again came under heavy fire, but Airman King continued cutting the man loose from his harness and immobilizing his fractured limbs until he could drag the inert pilot to the forest perimeter and have him hoisted to safety. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman King has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: March 29, 1946 in Muscatine, Iowa… Home of record: Muscatine, Iowa… Also earned the Air Force Cross and a Distinguished Flying Cross… Went missing in action during a rescue mission in Laos on Dec. 25, 1968… Memorialized at the Courts of the Missing in Honolulu and he has a headstone at Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine, Iowa